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Autonomy Day
French Polynesia

Autonomy Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in French Polynesia

French Polynesia celebrates Autonomy Day on 29 June. This is an official public holiday whose date is based on the 1880 annexation treaty signed between the King of Tahiti and colonial France.

YearDateDayHoliday
202029 JunMonAutonomy Day
202129 JunTueAutonomy Day
202229 JunWedAutonomy Day
202329 JunThuAutonomy Day
202429 JunSatAutonomy Day

Thus, oddly enough, Autonomy Day is dated based on when French Polynesia lost its autonomy even though it is named for the gaining of autonomy. In 1984, French Polynesia became fully autonomous from France in regard to its internal affairs. In 1946, partial autonomy had been granted, and in 2003, it was fully integrated with France as an overseas collectivity.

Tahiti and other parts of present-day French Polynesia have been in contact with Europeans since the early 1500s. It was only in the 1840s, however, that the islands became a French protectorate. Full annexation, as we said, came in 1880.

Autonomy Day is a rather low-key holiday in French Polynesia, but it is still nice to have a day off. Many head to the beaches to enjoy a day in the sun, go picnicking, or just spend time at home with family and friends.